Monday, August 13, 2012

10% or not 10%? That is the question!

I do not know how many LGBT people there is in the world. Some think that it is 2%. Some people think it’s 10%. If I had to make a guess, I would think the answer is 30% if not more. I don’t think I’m right, but I don’t think we can just calculate how many people there is when they have been badly discriminated against. My reason is this; sexuality is fluid, not easily cut into groups.

We cannot say that this group is straight and this group is gay, because it’s not really that simple as it looks. If we have to find all 7 billion people, ask them their sexuality, there is going to be people who may say they are pansexual, bisexual, asexual, transgender, gay, lesbian, heterosexual, and more. But not all 7 billion people will tell you their sexuality, so it’s not like we’re going to find an accurate answer.

Some people have done a survey and have asked people to tell them their sexuality. The problem I find with this is that most people don’t tell you their sexuality or don’t even think about their sexuality. Some people don’t even consider labeling themselves or even think it’s any of their business. Also, if there wasn’t any discrimination towards LGBT people, if there was no lies or scare tactics made by homophobic people, if there was no restrictions of any rights to them, if their families accepts them and never tries to kill, disown, or force them into reparative therapy, if we accepted ourselves without fear or self-hate then we just might see the more accurate numbers of LGBT people. For them to say it’s 2% for example just shows just how bad it is.

It’s not that I don’t accept the idea that the statistic is low, it is that with homophobia all over the world where gays are murdered, restricted from rights, kicked from families, self-hatred or fear of the lies they were led to believe, it’s not a wonder they got a low percentage of people openly saying they’re gay.

Let’s suppose 1 in 10 people who are gay. With 7 billion people, the number of LGBT may be 700,000,000. That is by far a lot of people.

One thing for certain, it really doesn’t matter how many LGBT people there is in the world, what does matter is that we’re all human beings. From now on, let’s just not assume we know precisely how many there is, and just live our lives.


  1. The kinsy report that the 10% stat is based on has been coming under a lot of fire as being flawed....SO....being that it was done in 1950, perhaps it's time that the kinsey institute undertook and updated survey. I'm sure the results would still be wildly inaccurate...but perhaps the march of time would have encouraged people to be a little more honest and informed about their own sexual preferences and practices.

    Nice blog Tim :)